Static curves and resistive load switching characteristics of a 600 V, 4 A rated, SiC-based NPN bipolar power transistor (BJT) were observed at selected temperatures from 23 to 200 C. All testing was done in a pulse mode at low duty cycle (approx. 0.1 percent). Turn-on was driven by an adjustable base current pulse and turn-off was accelerated by a negative base voltage pulse of either 7 or 0.6 V. Switching observations were done at base drive currents (I(sub B)) up to 400 mA and collector currents (I(sub C)) up to 4 A, using a 100 OMEGA non-inductive load. At I(sub B) = 400 mA and I(sub C) = 4 A, turn-on times typically varied from 81 to 97 ns, over temperatures from 23 to 200 C. As expected, lowering the base drive greatly extended the turn-on time. Similarly, decreasing the load current to I(sub C) = 1 A with I(sub B) = 400 mA produced turn-on times as short as 30 ns. Over the 23 to 200 C range, with I(sub B) = 400 mA and I(sub C) = 4 A, turn-off times were in the range of 61 to 77 ns with the 7 V sweep-out and 130 to 150 ns with the 0.6 V sweep-out. At a fixed temperature and I(sub C), the turn-off time decreased slightly with decreasing I(sub B), for I(sub B) sufficient to still provide full turn-on. The ratio of conduction to switching losses is estimated, based on the observed I(sub C) transition times and static curves. An estimate at 200 kHz and a 50 percent duty cycle shows that under practicable conditions the two losses can be comparable. Hence the evidence obtained does not support the occasionally voiced concern of necessarily unacceptably high conduction losses in SiC-based BJTs.